Wednesday, February 20, 2008

Is it Prettier now?

Like the new look? I was busy avoiding work (it is tax time and I own a heating and cooling company) so instead of working on my books, I was playing with my blog. Naturally! And, what does that get me? I lost all my quilty friends list, my blog ring thingies, and...not sure what else yet. But, more importantly, is it prettier now? Like my new stripes? Bolder colors? Happier? More cheerfull and "perky"? Thats what I was going for.

Had out little crafty church group meeting last night. My friend, Jan, wanted to make one of these notebook covers, so we worked on that.
I actually drug all my stuff and machine there and never turned it on. I just helped Jan with learning to use rulers, rotary cutter, mats, and quilting it. It was fun. I make a lot of jokes about why I am not a "teacher" of anything. I would usually rather just do it myself. I have to fight myself not to do my daughters homework because it's easier than explaining it.
I actually did good with it, I hope. Jan seemed to think so. As I've mentioned previously, we are having a "Craft Day" on March 8th at the church building. I'm so suprised by how many women are all excited about it. Women from church that I didn't even know did any crafts are coming. And they are all excited about it. Jan and I are going to go on Friday night and set up the tables along the walls for the sewing machines. We've decided to buy a boatload of surge suppressor extension cords and get things in order. I'm thinking about picking up some "prizes" for a drawing of some kind, but I'm not sure what to get. Maybe I should make a few of these: I made this one for myself and made one for Jan. It's easy and I have a almost full bolt of that sewing fabric. Then I could maybe come up with a needle case for the crocheters and knitters. And a couple of the notebook covers for the scrapbookers? Anyone have any other ideas? I'm very open to suggestions. It's like a mini retreat for me and I've never hosted anything like this before.
Some women will be quilting, sewing, scrapbooking, rug making, knitting, crocheting, and .... not sure...what else. How cool is this gonna be? I also do quite a bit of cooking for church activities and I get a lot of requests for my Chicken 'n Dumplings, so since it's become a Pot Luck lunch, I'm going to make that. I know and love almost every woman who attends there, and the few I don't know well, I'm looking forward to getting to know better. That's the thing about "crafting" together. You really get to know someone in a completely different way when you create together. The fellowship that it brings is amazing to me. I'll try any craft. I've taken painting lessons, cake decorating classes, some jewelry making classes, cooking classes. I'll take a class on just about anything. I've crocheted since I was in second grade. I love photography, although I'm not very good at it. How do people who don't create things get thru the day?

Well, Jen has emailed me to try to help me get back my ring thingie, so I'm off to cause a brown out in Cleveland. That's what I think of my computer skills.....heheheheh
Have a great Wednesday, each of you....


Kristie said...

Well now haven't you been busy!!! I love the new look of your blog! Looks great! Jen and I were going to change ours a few weeks ago, she found some new templates and sent me an email that she had found a paisley ( I love paisley!) but when we tried to change it, we lost our stuff on the sidebar too.

It really sounds like your mini retreat at church will be a blast, I can't wait to hear about it. The notebook cover turned out very nice. I have that pattern and plan on making a few of them. I think the first one that I make will be for my mom. She is always jotting down new recipes, so I thought she could use it.

I also make one of those machine caddy things. It is so HANDY! I use it all the time.

Moneik said...

I love the new look of your blog Regina. With Jen's help we can move mountains! I changed mine and lost everything too, but guess I can't really remember what I was missing, so it can't really be that important. I think I need to make one of those caddies. I have the pattern, just need to do it now.

Carol Van Rooy said...

Good luck on getting your blog back in order. You ought to post your chicken and dumplings recipes. I love new recipes.

Michelle said...

I love your notebook cover and your machine caddy....and now you are scaring me about changing my template! You know, somewhere along the way, I lost my web counter. I wonder if it was when I changed my template some time ago.

Jen said...

Where'd you find this one? LOVE IT!!

jillquilts said...

Love your new look! And you will have so much fun at your mini-retreat! Just a hint - try not to stess over making too much for everyone. Just go and enjoy yourself!

Michele said...

I agree; the notebook cover is very nice. I keep meaning to make one for myself but haven't gotten around to it. I use a composition-size graph paper notebook for my quilting notebook so I want to cover that.